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Chicka Chicka 1,2,3

Chicka Chicka 1,2,3

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
ISBN: 0689858817
Hardcover Price: $15.95
This companion to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom covers the numbers from 1 to 100 (1 to 20 sequentially, then 20 to 100 by10’s). As in its earlier alphabetical cousin, Ehlert’s palette is brilliantly colored and her graphic layouts crisp and clever. Sharp eyes will discover that the blue dots on the trunk of the tree are changing to purple as the story (and the numbers) progress (unlike the cheery multi-colored apples which do not relate to the number sequence at all). Martin’s rhyming text bounces along energetically with only a few awkward moments. Fans of the first volume will enjoy chanting along with “zer0’s” repeated lament: “Chicka Chicka 1,2,3…Will there be a place for me?”.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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